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  7. Career Academy of Pella / Neumann Monson Architects

Career Academy of Pella / Neumann Monson Architects

  • 15:00 - 29 November, 2017
Career Academy of Pella / Neumann Monson Architects
Career Academy of Pella / Neumann Monson Architects, © Integrated Studio
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  • Contractor

    Larson and Larson Construction
  • Structural Engineer

    Raker Rhodes Engineering
  • MEP Engineer

    MODUS
  • Civil Engineer

    Raker Rhodes Engineering
  • Landscape Architect

    Dennis Reynolds Urban Design
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Text description provided by the architects. The 23,000-sf Career Academy of Pella, which provides flexible vocational shops and classrooms, is the product of a unique collaboration among the local school district, community college, private schools, and area industry. Students of all ages gain skills vital to the local economy through STEM instruction, an applied pedagogy integrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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Floor Plans
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The building, northwest of the existing high school, tucks into the hillside with topographic alignment that minimizes earthwork. Careful detailing of common building materials elevates the rural public school’s design. Materials and massing assume a Midwestern, pragmatic sensibility, deriving character from simple forms, monolithic planes, and spanning glass. The rigor of the Career Academy’s detailing and execution embodies the technically focused curriculum contained within and affirms the value of vocational career paths.  Its confident formal language aligns with the Academy’s mission to progressively re-shape the future. Here, students learn skills upon which they can build careers and communities.

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Central to the building’s sustainable mission is its durable flexibility. The structure can calibrate to a range of uses, with a ‘loose-fit’ that allows for easy future adaptation. General classrooms deliver diverse curricula, maximizing potential use and ensuring long-term value. A double height circulation spine organizes program, gathers daylight, and provides views, and gives access to the various classroom and shop spaces. Each shop has direct access to the exterior.

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Cite: "Career Academy of Pella / Neumann Monson Architects" 29 Nov 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/884349/career-academy-of-pella-neumann-monson-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884

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